The Great Lakes Boating Festival (GLBF) begins its 32nd year to provide a great venue for the Marine industry and boaters everywhere. The GLBF is a fund raising opportunity for Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation (gpynef.org) in partnership with the Yachtsmen’s Committee that includes displays of new boats, antique cars and other interesting displays. The event begins with the newly revamped Wheels and Keels Summer Launch party and auction, Friday night and concludes the three day boat show and entertainment with Raffles on a Whale and others to be announced.
Funds raised at this event are used to sponsor and support youth nautical education and competitive events through out our community. In 2019, fourteen GPYNEF applicants were awarded a $1,500 college scholarship. Since its inception in 2012, there has been a total of 86 GPYNEF scholarships awarded. Ten of those scholarships have been funded in perpetuity.
This year the popular Summer Breeze Party and Auction is revamped to Wheels and Keels Summer Launch Party and Auction. The party, as well as the Festival, are open to the public. For more information on the Foundation and potential donations can be found on their website www.gpynef.org